Finland/Romania 2014, 13’ | Director, Editor Salla Tykkä | DoP Samuli Saastamoinen | Sound Janne Jankeri | Production Five Years Production, Oy | Distribution AV-ARKKI

Giant was filmed in Romania at the famous, communist- era gymnastics schools of Onesti and Deva where people still train fanatically. Top young gymnasts talk about their love of the sport, their fears and their dreams. Using archival material from the 1970s onwards, Ms Tykkä reveals the links between the photogenic sport and the severe, modernist architecture of the sports centres.

Salla Tykkä, born 1973 in Finland, graduated from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki. Since 1996, she has worked with photography, video and film, exhibiting solo and in groups. Ms Tykkä's short films have been shown at festivals worldwide. The International Film Festival Rotterdam has nominated Giant (2014) for a Tiger Award for Short Films.

Salla Tykkä
Short Film